“NSF awards $52M to upgrade Simons Observatory in Chile to explore origins of universe”, UChicago News

May 9, 2023

Assoc. Prof. Jeff McMahon in the lab with the Simons Observatory Small Aperture Telescope.

by Louise Lerner

“I am inspired to work on this project because it exists at the nexus of my two passions: ground-breaking instruments and the potential to discover new insights about the nature of our universe,” said Jeff McMahon, an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics who is a co-investigator in the project. As Instrument Scientist, McMahon will lead a team to fabricate optics, tests receivers, carry out the integration of these new components on site in Chile, and ensure the instrument delivers the data needed.


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